Hotel california album cover hotel california proves the eagles are more than the new kid in town. Their fifth studio album was not just their best selling but one of the world s best selling records of all time.
There was no shortage of locations that fitted the bill in the band s home town of los angeles but henley looked further afield for his creatives turning to british art director kosh who made his reputation.
Hotel california album cover. The front cover art for some overseas editions of the 45rpm single released was a reworked version of the hotel california lp cover art which used a photograph of the beverly hills hotel by david alexander with design and art direction by kosh. Hotel california went on to become one of the best selling albums of all time with three singles reaching billboard s hot 100. By raul on december 30 2009 in quick tidbit.
Eagles perform hotel california at the 1998 rock roll hall of fame induction ceremony looking for more induction ceremony memories from eagles. New kid in town hotel california and life in the fast lane. American rock band the eagles released hotel california in december 1976.
According to don henley the sleeve of the eagles 1976 album hotel california was intended to convert an atmosphere of faded glory loss of innocence and decadence. Why don henley s album cover idea led to two photographers sitting in a cherry picker 60 feet off the ground. This is a feature where we will take a closer look at the history and design of one of the most iconic album covers of all time.
The eagles performing hotel california in australia during their long road out of eden tour. According to kosh henley wanted him to find a place that can portray the hotel california of the album title and portray it with a slightly sinister edge. Faded loss of innocence and decadence.
This is behind the cover brought to you by pure music. The cover photo of the eagles 1976 album hotel california was taken by photographer david alexander with art director kosh. That s not to say the eagle s weren t one of the most revered rock bands ever.
For the cover of this album don henley wanted to convey. The photographer shot the image 60 feet above sunset boulevard on top of a cherry picker. Rarely does an album cover become more famous than the band itself.
But this could be said about the eagles 1976 album hotel california. I was trying to use california as the microcosm for the rest of the nation. Three hotels were photographed and the one with the beverly hills hotel was selected as the cover.
The cover for the eagles fifth album hotel california was shot here by david alexander using a cherry picker to raise the camera for what is now one of the more famous rock album covers.